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What to Expect In-Person at the Cape Cod Institute

In-person sessions are held on Monday - Friday from 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT, with a 30-minute break

In-Person Location:

Nauset Regional Middle School
70 MA-28
Orleans, MA 02653


  • Monday registration takes place from 8:00a.m. - 8:30a.m. Courses start promptly at 9:00a.m.

  • Coffee and tea are available every morning.

  • All in-person courses are 15 hours.

  • There is a 30-minute break daily around 10:30a.m. when light food is served.

  • You’ll receive a fact-filled digital Cape Cod Institute Guide with staff suggestions regarding local restaurants, beaches, and sites before you arrive.

  • The on-site bookstore will be open daily. Shop our curated selection of faculty titles, suggested reading, and Cape Cod Institute gear.

  • Attire at the Institute and everywhere on Cape Cod is casual.

  • Temperature varies indoors and out – plan ahead and bring layers.

  • WiFi access is available on-site.

  • Accommodation for ADA special needs: Feel free to call us at +1 (203) 781-6492. All Cape Cod Institute courses are held in classrooms that are wheelchair accessible, as are the bathrooms.

Optional Evening Activities

We look forward to offering optional evening events this summer. Please visit our Recreation & Optional Activities Page for updates.

Previous events have included a Welcome Reception, Nature Walk, Whale Watch, and an evening at the theater.


In-Person Participants Responses to the Question: 
What did you like most about your experience at the Cape Cod Institute?

“This was my first time at the Institute. I loved the setting and appreciated the half day format. The format didn’t leave me feeling overwhelmed or oversaturated by the material; it helped me digest and metabolize the content and the experience. I very much enjoyed and deeply appreciated the workshop itself. I’m so glad I made the decision to come!”

“I love interacting with faculty and professionals in my field. It is a completely positive experience. I liked the opportunities to engage with colleagues at the social events that were planned.”

“The 3.5 hours x 5 days allowed for time to “digest” the information before learning more. Also, learning on the Cape with beautiful weather enhanced the experience.”

“I LOVE the Cape Cod Institute!! The staff is incredibly accessible and attentive and the instructors are always top in their respective fields. I have always come away with more knowledge and skill that I can implement in my work.”

“I thought the whole experience reflected a lot of care for the felt experience of the participants (ease of registration, signage, honoring breaks, special requests, extra-curricular offerings). ”

“Quite honestly, everything. Such a welcoming environment, challenging material, and knowledgeable presentations.”

"It was excellent on many levels: intellectual/academic, social, and experiential."

“ I really appreciated all of the small details that made the week of learning holistic and rejuvenating - from the healthy and delicious food prepared for breaks, gender affirming bathrooms (with good hand soap!) and the encouragement to take part in fun activities in afternoons/evenings. The whole experience was a delight."

“I’m grateful for the connections that I made with other people from around the country. It was wonderful to hear their perspectives and experiences.”

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